General News of Friday, 7 December 2018
A 60-year-old farmer from the Nkoranza South District of the Brong Ahafo Region, James Obeng Boateng, has been crowned the overall National Best Farmer for 2018.
Mr Boateng was rewarded with a cheque for GHS 480,000 in addition to other prizes.
Mr. Boateng from the Nkoranza South district of the region has been farming for the past 18 years, producing cassava, cocoyam, cereals, okro, pepper, garden eggs, mango and cashew.
The father of six also rears cattle, goats, sheep and manages two fish ponds as well as 100 boxes of beehives.
President Nana Akufo-Addo, who graced the 34th National Farmers’ Day celebration held at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium at Tamale in the Northern Region, handed the prize to Mr Boateng on Friday, 7 December 2018.
Mr Boateng holds a tertiary education and has been farming for 18 years.
He has a total of 102 employees comprising of 45 full time workers, 55 casual workers and 2 others from his family.
He is married with six children.
Mr Boateng, who is a former first runner-up for the best farmer award in the Nkoranza District has several acres of farm with roots and tubers, cereals, vegetables, plantation crops, and timber (teak).
James Boateng takes over from Philip Kweku Agyeman who won the 33rd edition in 2017 and also hails from the Brong Ahafo region.